Daily Local News (West Chester, PA)

Blood drive coming to Oscar Lasko YMCA


To help ensure local blood banks have the critical supply they need, State Senator Carolyn Comitta is partnering with the American Red Cross and the Oscar Lasko YMCA to host a blood donation drive on Friday, Feb. 24.

The blood drive will take place from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Oscar Lasko YMCA, 1 E. Chestnut St. in West Chester.

Interested donors are encouraged to schedule their appointmen­ts in advance via the American Red Cross’s website and enter sponsor code “Senator Comitta” or call 1-800-RedCross. Walk-ins will be accepted based on availabili­ty.

“Every two seconds someone in the United States needs blood, and donations are crucial to ensure patients receive the care they need,” Comitta said. “To make sure our community has an adequate blood supply, I urge all eligible individual­s to schedule a donation appointmen­t and help save a life.”

According to the Red Cross, now is a key time to donate, as blood banks typically experience a seasonal shortage due to a drop in donations during the holidays. In addition, blood banks continue to recover from the shortage associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, and that, coupled with the prevalence of flu and RSV this season, has also impacted donations.

Most individual­s are eligible to donate blood in Pennsylvan­ia every 56 days, up to six times a year if they are in good health and feeling well, 16 years old or older; and weigh a minimum of 110 pounds.

For more informatio­n on donor eligibilit­y or to register online, visit www.redcrossbl­ood.org.

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